11/21/2013 9:48:00 AM Hampton buildings moved and removed
City Council Meeting
November 12, 2013
The Hampton City Council meeting began with unanimous approval of the October 8 regular meeting minutes, with revisions regarding council members Jennifer Budrow comments and a note for further detail in the future.
In Disbursements Mayor Timothy Skog questioned the necessity and efficacy of the 128 hours city Clerk Wendy Carpenter put in. According to Carpenter, she usually attempts to keep below 30 hours but this month averaged 32 hours a week because her heavier workload. The council approved the disbursements also.
Marlin Reinardy requested permission for use of city hall for the Hampton Cardinals to meet on December 21 and then again for the team to assemble for refreshments at city hall before a fundraiser at a casino in January or February. Both events formerly took place at the now closed Black Stallion. The motion carried.
In Petitions, Requests, and Communications, building inspector Scott Qualle announced that the Silver Bell will now be regulated by the state as a motel, rather than by the city of Hampton as an apartment as it was previously. After a series of negotiations, Qualle noted, the Love Shack will be moved from its current location to Steve Bauer's property. The council waived the $100 permit fee at Qualle's suggestion to further ensure the Love Shack's removal.
October 8 Meeting
"I'll grab a copy of it and air it on Facebook," said Skog in reference to the unaired tape of the October 8 city council meeting and the controversy surrounding it. Skog allegedly received twelve phone calls inquiring as to why the tape had not been aired on local television, as is standard. Carpenter explained it was because Skog had used the name of a citizen with a delinquent water account in the former meeting. After heated exchange, it was determined that no open meeting codes were violated.
In the Engineer's Report, Cory Beinfang reported the Petra Fund approved a $2,334 increase, which brings the total fund to $18,503. The reimbursement was unanimously approved.
Beinfang also reported the Department of Health wants to find the well pipe and verify it is sealed. Two quotes were received for location of the well pipe: one quote at $15,000 and another at $40,000. The bid of $15,000 was approved which will put the project under budget.
The old Bryan building, which has been abandoned, was found contaminated. Beinfang suggested the council should acknowledge the findings and request a release of liability.
In the Water and Sewer Report, Reinardy announced he had purchased a water meter in order to calibrate lift stations. In the spring new DO and Ph meters will need to be purchased.
"It was not in good taste," said Budrow in reference to the council's failure to notify a Hampton-based snowplow company that the city was receiving bids. A disgruntled employee had called Budrow voicing his irritation after the city had made public their choice of Supreme Landscaping for the service. Council member John Knetter insisted the city was under no obligation to do so. When Budrow acknowledged the issue to be courtesy, not obligation, council member Ron Endres repeatedly told her, "Don't complain about it now."
Mavis Gerber gave a lengthy report of the logistics of the Hampton billing system for water and sewer services. Gerber's recommendation was to amend the current code or correct the billing for several discrepancies, and to send citizens a detailed explanation of the billing system. Skog expressed agreement that an audit would need to be done in the future.